A soldier from Theddlethorpe has been rewarded at his recent army passing out parade after being the best shot within his ranks.
Pete Jarram, 17, was just one of 457 young people who were put through their paces during their recent passing-out parade at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.
Prize winner Pete, who became the best shot in his intake had to fall out of the ranks and march up to the dais in front of an audience of 3,000, which consisted of many families and friends to collect his award.
He was given the Baker Rifle and was presented the accolade by the Army’s Adjutant-General, Lieutenant General Sir Gerald Berragan.
Pete, who joined the Army Foundation College as a raw recruit last March, will now go on to do his phase two infantry training with The Mercian Regiment.
He said; “I’m really proud and amazed to win this award, especially as I’m left-handed and had to learn to shoot with my right hand.
“When I joined up, I also discovered that I was short-sighted in my right eye, so I now have to wear glasses to correct it.”
Before moving to Theddlethorpe and joining the army, after leaving school, Pete worked Derbyshire Wildlife Park where he became a paintball marshall, which may account for his marksmanship skills with the rifle.
“It was an opportunity to put all my military skills into practice,” Pete added.
“We also went on a battlefield tour in Normandy. It was my first time in France and I learned all about the D-Day Landings.”
But it’s not just military skills that he has acquired – Pete graduated with level two (equivalent to GCSE grades A*-C) in English, maths, ICT and ITQ.
Pete said: “It has boosted my confidence massively and I feel that doing this course has turned me into an all-round better person.”
The college’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Oz Lane, said: “When the junior soldiers parade in front of their parents, brothers, sisters, grandchildren and friends, they are demonstrating that they have taken that huge stride from childhood into adulthood, and from civilian into soldier.”
“That achievement is simply immense,” he added.
Addressing the junior soldiers on parade, the Adjutant-General, Lieutenant General Sir Gerald Berragan, said: “Remember, as you leave here today, that this is not the end of your training, nor even the beginning of the end.
“It’s just the end of the beginning.”